Minnie Ward Calf and Heifer Consultant – Animal Health Products Accelerated GeneticsPlease describe your agricultural background.
I grew up on a dairy farm in southeast Minnesota. I have held herd manager roles on two progressive dairy farms. My last 10 years have been in calf nutrition, working in the feed industry. The dairy industry has allowed me personal growth where my passion lies, with the young calf.
My husband and I, along with our two young daughters, continue to raise dairy beef calves on our farm.
What territory will you cover?
I will travel coast to coast doing both on-farm consulting and team training meetings.
What are your new responsibilities?
To support and train our staff, coast to coast, in animal health products. This position will allow me to work with industry personnel and dairy producers to advise and formulate new products within the company.
What excites you most about working in your new role?
I like that it keeps me constantly motivated to improve our young calf programs. And it's a pleasure to work with a vast array of talented individuals that have the same goals as I do.
How will you, in your new role, be of most help to dairy producers?
This position allows me to do what I love – working with producers to better their operations. This company has a wide range of products for young calves and adult cows, for both dairy and beef cattle. I work closely with Milk Products and Sci Tech (partner companies of Accelerated Genetics), striving to make the best programs available to our producers.
Why did you choose this company?
I have loved every opportunity I have had, as each job has given me great and valuable teachings. My current position was one that was not sought out but rather happened very unexpectedly. This fits my goal of touching every producer I possibly can to help make their operation succeed and be profitable.
What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
Keep formulating new and valuable products for our producers. With my current title, I have the wonderful opportunity to travel and experience different challenges in different geographic areas. Without farmers in our world, I would not have had these opportunities. PD